EXTREMIST preacher Anjem Choudhury led a protest outside Luton Police Station against what he has called the mistreatment of Muslim women.
Counter-terrorist officers from the Metropolitan Police recently raided the home of Mona Thwany, widow of Stockholm suicide bomber Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, and another women.
Extremist group Muslims Against Crusades distributed a leaflet prior to the demonstration saying the women were strip searched during the raid.
Inspector Alex House said that the Met Police had liaised with Bedfordshire Police before the raid, a community impact assessment had been carried out and female Muslim officers from the Met’s Muslim contact unit had been present.
He said: “The raid was carried out with due diligence around the issue of faith.”
Mr House said the allegations in the leaflet that had been handed out in Luton had been a “distortion of the truth”.
A Beds Police spokesman said the group of around 100 men, women and children had walked from Bury Park, along Dunstable Road in a procession, “before stopping at the police station Buxton Road at around 3pm to protest at what they call the ‘mistreatment of Muslims by British police and the Government in the war against terror’”.
She continued: “The procession and protest was facilitated by Bedfordshire Police who has a duty of care to prevent injury, particularly while the group walked along main roads, causing disruption to traffic.
“Local police had not been consulted by the protest organisers prior to the event taking place.”
Superintendent Dave Boyle said: “Bedfordshire Police has a duty to facilitate legal protests under Human Rights legislation.
“We have done so on this occasion despite the organisers’ failure to engage with us. It is our responsibility to prevent injury to those people who choose to walk on main roads, hence our decision to provide them with a marked police vehicle at the front of the procession to enable safe passage through the town.
“We hope today’s protest has caused minimal disruption to those who are not involved.”